It has been announced that The Old Vic’s acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible starring Richard Armitage will be screened in UK and Irish cinemas on the 4th and 7th December 2014.
The Crucible was captured live in High Definition by the producers of Digital Theatre. CinemaLive will distribute The Crucible in over 350 UK cinemas. Further worldwide territories will be announced shortly.
John Richardson (Producer of The Old Vic) said: "Yaël Farber's mesmerising five star production of The Crucible is one of the most successful and most acclaimed in The Old Vic's history. We are excited to finally be sharing one of the theatrical events of a decade with audiences across the country, thanks to our friends at DigitalTheatre.com and CinemaLive. Arthur Miller's chilling, powerful and legendary work is truly a play for our times."
Tom Shaw (Executive Producer of DigitalTheatre) said: "We are thrilled to be working in partnership with The Old Vic for the first time, taking their celebrated, five star production of The Crucible to cinemas nationwide. Digital Theatre.com continues to extend the reach of the best of British theatre, building new audiences and giving every viewer a 'best seat in the house' experience”.
Peter Skillman (CEO and Co-Director of CinemaLive) said: “CinemaLive are delighted to continue their successful partnership with Digital Theatre, to distribute this year’s ‘must-see’ theatre event to cinemas across the country, reaching thousands of people over two nights, who otherwise would not have had the chance to see this sold-out production. Digital Theatre’s superbly crafted productions ensure that the cinema environment is the best place to see and hear this fantastic play, where Richard Armitage’s performance will surely go down in history as one of London theatre’s best”
In a small tight-knit community, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria. Miller’s timeless parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.
The Crucible was part of a season of work at The Old Vic presented in-the-round. The full cast includes: Richard Armitage, Harry Attwell, Samantha Colley, Marama Corlett, Jack Ellis, Ann Firbank, William Gaunt, Natalie Gavin, Christopher Godwin, Hannah Hutch, Lauren Lyle, Anna Madeley, Paddy Navin, Sarah Niles, Tom Peters, Rebecca Saire, Neil Salvage, Adrian Schiller, Michael Thomas, Alan Vicary, Daisy Waterstone, Matt Weyland and Zara White
The production is directed by Yaël Farber with design by Soutra Gilmour.